How can you tell if you're affected?
How do you know if a PC is running HP Device Manager?
103 posts • joined 31 Jan 2008
Corporations are being treated more and more like people with rights, everyday! Now, we must excuse bosom buddies BT and Yahoo their foibles, because of some unknown reason that they can't get their act together. End of September is a promise, and the corporations broke that promise, but we must excuse them, for they are only "human". This society is sick because of the way corporations are treated, quite often, as more important than any one person. Money causes people to do things their consciences wouldn't normally let them do. Ripping off millions of customers is just one of those things. Betraying their confidence is another.
I got Windows 10 about 5 months ago (free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8), and I reckon Microsoft have taken one step forwards and 2 steps back with this release. Win10 still has the age old bugs that plagued 7 and 8. But it has accrued new ones. For example, bring up a file open dialog, and use the mouse to click on the pull-down arrow for the "Look in" list (to jump to a different drive or directory). The first time you use it, the drop-down folds back up again, necessitating another click to get it to drop down and stay dropped down! Horrible! And just this morning, I signed into an office PC running Win10, and when I eventually got a desktop, after its "Hi! Getting things ready" shenanigans, the Start button did nothing, no menu, nothing. Win key also did nothing. I had to right-click the Start button to get out! It seems behind every great product is a genius, and when he/she moves on, the product starts to fall to pieces (Apple - Jobs, Microsoft - Gates, Delphi - Hejlsberg).
I wrote a BBC Basic program to write random values between 0 and 255 to random memory locations in the machine's whole address space. This meant it clobbered code and data areas with impunity, and quite slowly. It was interesting to see how the machine slowly crashed, until I demonstrated it to a colleague. I had just helped him finish a spreadsheet which was now stored on a floppy in the machine. I ran my clobber program and the smiles were wiped off our faces as the disk drive activated and rendered the disk unusable! Laugh? No, we didn't.
"An external forensics company, with hardware capabilities, is likely copying the NAND storage off the [iPhone's chipset] and frequently recopying it back to the device in order to brute force the PIN..."
That's why the FBI have asked to postpone until April - to give them time to brute force the PIN.
Compare this (fiasco) with that in Paris, where the attackers just used unencrypted comms through unencrypted phones bought for use on the day and disposed of immediately after. They even hoiked phones off their victims and used them for some of their calls.
Which goes to prove that breaking encryption has nothing to do with stopping terrorism.
I programmed a stock control system in LocoScript - very hard work! Yes, we could write books in those days. Nowadays, if you tried to write a book on Windows 10 with Word 365, you'd be hard-pressed to have a stable system past 150 pages! And Clippy would be right getting on your nerves!
Shortly after the Stephen Lawrence murder, someone went into the police station supposedly investigating the matter, and handed them a hand-written list of likely suspects (from "word on the street"), and the station officer who took the paper it was written on, screwed it into a ball and chucked it into the waste paper basket. That typifies the attitude of the police force we pay council tax for. The murder of Charles De Menezes was filmed on camera phone by someone on the station platform where it happened. Several police officers got on-board the carriage where Charles was (and he did NOT have a backpack on, just T-shirt and jeans), they pinned him down to the floor with their weight, and fired 11 rounds into his head. WTF!?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU7nL0A6ASM
Police = FAIL. Who polices the police? The police!
For source code, only use home-spun software (after all, you are a developer) and always put it on a VPN, and never a public server. If I want to see my own source code and I'm in Lesotho, I have to RDP to my VPN first. Without that first step, I can't get near it. Git is a bad idea and AWS is a toy. Don't trust third parties with commercial interests. Trust third parties with technical interests.
Here's how. Make a batch file with these commands and run it :-
rem BLOCK WINDOWS 10 TELEMETRY BATCH COMMANDS
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection\ /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection\ /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
sc config DiagTrack start=disabled
sc config dmwappushservice start=disabled
sc stop DiagTrack
sc stop dmwappushservice
"their London HQ is less than 100 yards from a pub"
Most places in London are only 100 yards away from a pub. It's F.A.B. (flaming alcoholic Britain!)
Back to the subject at hand, M$ are, naturally, going to appear glibly apathetic as to the quibbles we bestow upon them, since they know that all PCs will eventually be running Windows 10 as hardware is replaced. Their spyware will slowly become ubiquitous, and Orwell's prediction will come true.
Google translate this : http://aeronet.cz/news/analyza-windows-10-ve-svem-principu-jde-o-pouhy-terminal-na-sber-informaci-o-uzivateli-jeho-prstech-ocich-a-hlasu/
To quote Kevin Bennett from Facebook :-
Windows 10 every. single. thing. you. do, every keystroke, every word spoken in front of your mike, even your webcam, is recorded and sent back to MSFT. You might as well mount a camera and just send the stream to MSFT (and anybody that gives MSFT a buck for the footage) as that is EXACTLY what is happening if you take Windows 10..
Please note the last one where they did and in depth traffic analysis of a Windows 10 PC AFTER they "turned off" all of the switches under privacy AND turned off Cortana, result? It STILL sent everything you did to the MSFT servers. Sorry but if you don't want to broadcast everything you do to the world, or if you are a business with sensitive info? this OS should be treated no diofferently than malware. Stick with 7 or 8, avoid 10.
End quote. So, next time you're onanating in front of your webcam to some porn, smile for the camera! It's in the EULA that they can watch you doing that, and you're agreeing to it!
I am really starting to have my doubts about Windows 8.1 after a year or 2's usage. IE11 can still bring it (and the mouse pointer!) to a stand-still. Sometimes, stuff that would work faultlessly every time in XP or &, will fail inexplicably under 8.1, and then run fine when re-run. I trust Win8.1 less than I trust 7. And I trust 7 less than I trust XP. With Win10 patching itself as you run it, I am less prone to trust it at all!
Opera 27.0.1689.76 is NOT vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.
IE11 IS vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.
** WARNING **, it is still not safe to do your banking using IE, unless you are banking with one of the very few banks that have enforced the more modern ciphers on their servers.
I run Windows 8.1 Professional on it. The reason that there is so much free space is because I had to wipe the drive and restore from an OS DVD with absolutely no foistware on it at all, just the bare OS. 'Kin A! Mean and lean is how I like to run things. Crude and rude.
What's nice about a small capacity SSD boot drive, is that I can easily and quickly switch the PC on to check something out on t'Internet, or some code I've written, and get to what I need in under 20 seconds. Browser load from cold start is pretty much immediate on an i7. Almost like instant-on. From sleep, it is instant-on!
I have been running a 128GB Samsung 840EVO SSD (with the relevant firmware patch) for 9 months now. The OS is on it so it gets plenty of reads and writes every day. It is always blisteringly fast, and I am still surprised at its speed even after 9 months of its unfailing alacrity. I still have over 90GB free, despite putting all my apps on it (my data goes on a standard 7200 rpm 500GB SATA 3 hard disk). It's not the transfer speeds (read and write) that get me, but the access times being in microseconds instead of milliseconds. Sometimes, it seems to have done what you wanted before you've even pressed "Enter"! This Novachips 8TB 1.8GB/s drive will probably become the norm, and drive speeds will start to tax the i7 processors we currently run at 4.4GHz! Wicked!
I left Virgin last year, when my 5th "megahub" blew up on me (completely dead). These substandard devices, cheaply made in the far east, always seemed to go wrong on me, so I moved to Plus Net. Not only did I get consistently fast speeds (downloads 3 to 3.5 MBytes per second, 1 to 2 MBytes per second uploads) throughout the day, evening and night, but their support was more personal and immediate. I'd move to them or One 2 One, and stick a finger up to Branson and his drug-fuelled island of depravity that he owns!
"With drive-by infections, it is enough to simply visit a website to infect a computer with malware. Visitors don't need to start a download or install anything - the website does this automatically!"
My browser will not automatically download anything, without asking me where it should save it first. What kind of browser are you using that would do this? An idiotic one by the sound of it.
"Yet If a browser has a relevant safety gap, such scripts can access a user's computer directly. This therefore enables malware to move from the server to the browser, and via the security gap to the user's computer, without any conscious action by the website visitor at all."
Again, it's a problem with the browser, and you should change your browser.
Considering FB store your password in a server in Japan somewhere, and it keeps coming back to the browser as soon as you enter your username, no matter how you try to clear all stored passwords in Firefox, I will not be going near this tripe any time soon. FB users beware - your details and passwords are available to those who can pay enough. There is no security on FB. Close your accounts! You have been warned!
You can see how much the British public trust our "authorities" nowadays, from the comments above! Having constantly shown how untrustworthy they are in the past, how can such a claim be made that they really will delete your records? This is an idiotic article - and Privacy International are really wasting people's time and their own money.
I am spending more time on the computer and less time watching TV nowadays and wondered why. I believe it is to do with the number and frequency of adverts being too high, coupled with a drop in the quality of the content on TV. Plus, choosing your own entertainment is much better than being "programmed".
I suppose you can also see how useful it would be to be able to run an app that injects code into the memory space of another running app. And how useful it is to be able to patch the kernel so that low-level OS routines like writing to a file, can be hooked and redirected to your own code! Really, really useful! And extremely insecure for OS design! Let's face it - Windows is an extraordinarily badly designed (mainstream) OS. Like our (mainstream) democratic society - inordinately badly designed. Certain plants are illegal, but unmanned bomber drones aren't. You know what I mean...
There's nothing you can do, Dogged. Even when disconnected from the internet physically, Windows 10 uses the nearest unsecured wifi hotspot to get another connection. And, if your PC has no wifi adapter, it builds a "software only" version using secret kernel directives. You cannot and will not escape their jurisdiction! ;-)
Yeah, sorry about that. I didn't mention minimum requirements for 8.1 so here they are :-
32767EBytes Hard Disk (SSD only)
200K X 130K pixels minimum display resolution (yes, I'm measuring in K now, but it will be M soon - don't worry, we're getting there...)
Sycophantic attitude to M$ an absolute pre-requisite
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